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Life Stories (episode 2) My second experience with LSD and Art making

March 11, 2017 - LIFE STORIES... My second experience with the drug LSD happened at the beginning of summer in 2016. I’m not sure if it...
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Life Stories

February 15, 2017 - ‘Life Stories’ are the stories behind many of the art pieces I have made. From the beginning with my first body of work...
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Life Drawings, an interview

August 22, 2016 - Life Drawings, an interview... Q: Can you please discuss this current body of work you’ve titled ‘Life Drawings’? I...
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House on Fire

July 07, 2016 - "House on Fire", collaborative painting by Sek3 and Akira Beard I dreamed I was in a large house. It was occupied by se...
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Drawing from Life... a collaborative artpiece with Sek3

April 04, 2016 - I started the day with sitting in a chair and drawing on a pad with pen, forming a cluster of figures. I’m here in a hot...
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The Self Portrait Project and the Psyche...

March 08, 2016 - There are several layers to the Self. The personality, the psyche, the inner world of each our individual selves. My wor...
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The Self Portrait Project...sitting in solitude

February 12, 2016 - The Self Portrait Project Currently living in solitude, separated from the world in many ways. Often alone except when...
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The Self Portrait Project

January 25, 2016 - Welcome to the blog for this current body of work in its development, "The Self Portrait Project". Here I will share the...
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Love in Spite of Everything... the process of a current body of expression

January 24, 2015 - Love eternal. When lovers separate, is the love over? Was love dependent on form, time and space? Was it little more tha...
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Religare... with the words of TS Elliot

November 24, 2014 - Some scholars have traced the origins of the word "religion" to it's latin roots of 'religare', translated as "to reconn...
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empathy from California to New York

October 03, 2014 - So here I sit, in this beautiful gallery space in Brooklyn, New York known as Succulent Studios. It is an amazing experi...
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portrait of a man in words

September 19, 2014 - This is a collaboration piece between a writer friend of mine named Lapo and myself. I've never done much collaboration...
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aliennation...

September 16, 2014 - This current drawing "Aliennation", is available for purchase thru a bidding system on an auction site. If interested, p...
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the yellow house and the artists...

September 12, 2014 - The second drawing presented from the recent series created during a 2 week retreat into nature is "the Artist." This pi...
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all in the name of 'love'?

September 08, 2014 - In the artist's spirit of always pushing the creative envelope, the creativity is not limited to the art itself. Or perh...
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the Retreat

September 07, 2014 - I have just returned to the city from spending the last 2 weeks on a retreat in the Sierra Nevada Valley of northern Cal...
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the struggle and the secret of the world

August 04, 2014 - This art thing is tricky. As is life, and i've come to see the art merely being the reflection of one's inner life. And...
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The spirit show opening in less than 2 weeks...

June 24, 2014 - My relationship with the art process is one of consistent self discovery. Its an exciting aspect of the practice that al...
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update on the Spirit Show...

June 20, 2014 - Its been awhile... leaving the winter of Detroit, Michigan and all its never ending snowfall I found myself on an airpla...
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the Tao, Carl Jung, and a lot of crosshatching...

April 11, 2014 - Expressions of the Tao, paying homage to the words, meanings, and spirit of the Tao Te Ching and it's author Lao Tzu. Fo...
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the spirit and the culture....

March 31, 2014 - In spiritual literature, one of the reoccurring themes is the duality of the self and the eternal, or the possibility of...
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Homage to Pema Chodron

March 28, 2014 - Its a challenge living on this earth. If you stop to look at the nature of these challenges, it can be overwhelming. Par...
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The world is yours chico..

March 24, 2014 - Inspired by the movie 'Scarface', in a scene where the main character Tony Montana, at a restaurant giving a drunken sol...
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human all too human...

March 12, 2014 - Sometime last year I was thrown into that situation where the entirety of my life had been shaken up. And when it rains,...
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exploring the power of presence

March 11, 2014 - Having arrived in Detroit, Michigan almost 3 months ago, I unknowingly would be living in the most severe winter here si...
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searching and finding after ten years

February 28, 2014 - Upon graduating from art school around a decade ago, I began taking all that I learned up to that point in regards to th...
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the beauty of the human head

February 26, 2014 - Continuing from the previous blog post, regarding the exploration of the beauty of the grotesque... curiosity towards th...
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homages to Joseph Merrick, a.k.a 'The Elephant Man'

February 25, 2014 - For an upcoming show at Spoke Art Gallery where the theme is of tribute to David Lynch, I new upon invitation immediatel...
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uprooted...

February 14, 2014 - I love meeting new people. I love being present with every type of individual and listening to their story. Past, presen...
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the truth transforms us (message to Christopher)

February 10, 2014 - Change is rarely met without the struggle of moving forward. Change, when it occurs with anything that we place high val...
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end of one year and beginning of the next (2013 reflection)

January 28, 2014 - the end of another year, the beginning of a next. Another page added in the compilation of our life's history and ever i...
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cell therapy II...

January 24, 2014 - As mentioned in the last blog post, I have watched a number of documentaries on prisons. This reflection was inspired by...
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cell therapy

January 23, 2014 - Recently I have watched a number of documentaries on American prisons. For no real reason at all. One in particular, "Af...
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nature of mind reflection...

December 02, 2013 - As one teacher said, "don't mistake realization for understanding... with realization go deeper with more realization"....
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The Nature of Love

November 26, 2013 - I've experienced both sides of the coin… i've manipulated another, i've been manipulated. I controlled another, I've bee...
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the nature of everything...

October 21, 2013 - For around a year now, in my life and reflected in the art I create, the focus has been nature. Nature in the sense of u...
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primordial headpiece...

October 15, 2013 - When throwing one's self into the worldly openly, one is in a constant flow of meeting people from all spectrums. In my...
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karma policeman...

October 07, 2013 - Every now and then, I take a moment to stop and reflect... on life on living. In buddhism, one defintion of karma explai...
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the nature of heart

September 27, 2013 - inspired by Emilee. Painted on a wine crate that manifested itself as we shared dialogue from cities afar. Building some...
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the nature of music

September 20, 2013 - This piece was created for an upcoming show at Gauntlet Gallery in San Francisco where the theme is music. As my focus a...
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collaboration with artist photographer Bob Fischer

September 10, 2013 - Yesterday morning after coming fresh from a swim in the ocean and upon returning to the studio for the days painting, I...
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youth is wasted on the young- Bertrand Russell

September 09, 2013 - It is always an experience of deeper realization and reflection in working with the elders. Today I did a little paintin...
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inspired by Saint Genevieve of San Francisco...

September 06, 2013 - Firstly, I would like to open with saying that though I have not been posting lately, it is not because of lack of creat...
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The Uncarved Block... with Genevieve

August 19, 2013 - Recent collaboration piece with Genevieve Lounsbury. Our relationship continues to blossom as it is reflected in these c...
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The Screwtape Letters (by CS Lewis)... part 2

July 31, 2013 - So yesterday, I created a drawing of the character Wormwood, from CS Lewis' book The Screwtape Letters. The main charact...
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The Screwtape Letters (CS Lewis)

July 30, 2013 - Recently I had the joy of reading CS Lewis' "The Screwtape Letters". The basic format of the book is thru the narrative...
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mind itself is reality...

July 29, 2013 - This piece is the result of reflection that occured on this past Saturday in Bloomington, Indiana. I had awoken in the m...
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coming back to life every moment, any and everywhere

July 20, 2013 - This piece was created as a point of reference where I found myself around two weeks ago. I've take a short hiatus from...
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mourning love

July 06, 2013 - In the writing of my book yesterday, I was reflecting on where i've been and where I'm at. Mentally, spiritually. In loo...
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life has become a miracle again...

July 05, 2013 - Amidst the bbq's, beer drinking, music, and so fourth occuring all thru the city during the fourth of July yesterday, I...
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Transformation and Change reflection...

July 02, 2013 - A piece that I began while camping over night in nature... It seems like such a powerful way to find one's center again...
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focusing on what is important

June 25, 2013 - At the San Francisco Main Public Library, there is a show titled "On the Line" at the library's gallery section, which i...
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Johnny Tapia and Eddie Alcazar

June 20, 2013 - Around 2 weeks ago, I received an email from Indy film director Eddie Alcazar. He described a project he was working on...
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youth and age

June 18, 2013 - One of the subjects for anyone that follows these writings may realize that comes up often is the work that I do with th...
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The Life Show...

June 07, 2013 - Having worked on the installation for "The Life Show" for the last week plus, I can say with confidence that this has be...
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final piece for "The Life Show"... "Harmony"

June 06, 2013 - In creating this show "The Life Show", I wanted to further explore and express the nature of life itself. The show conta...
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paying homage to the elders

May 25, 2013 - For a few hours a week, for close to the last 6 years, I have had the fortunate experience to work with elderly thru a p...
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let us live

May 22, 2013 - Recent piece created for the upcoming show at Emerald Tablet Gallery in San Francisco with the opening on June 8. The pi...
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the recipe of struggle and victory

May 13, 2013 - Teaching at art college, it has been an experience of inspiration to meet so many young minds and witness evolution and...
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the sun and the moon...

May 08, 2013 - reflecting on the wisdom of the world... that even if the situation of the world may be of a dis-satisfactory state to p...
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letter to Daniel...

May 07, 2013 - In reflecting on the nature of suffering, the nature of love... human relationships came into question. Some of them I w...
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the process was one of transmuation, just like the concept of the piece itself....

May 04, 2013 - Such a simple piece, but to complete it was such an adventure... For an upcoming themed group show being flowers at Mode...
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sentient being

April 29, 2013 - So much time spent just to end up where we first began. As children, unconditionally experiencing the world. Exploring,...
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impermenance and eternal nature...

April 23, 2013 - Most recent expression created in reflecting on the nature of mind, the nature of reality that much deeper... The refere...
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a little bit about the process of paintig Lao Tzu... the process in general

April 16, 2013 - the process is one of integration so as to live wholly, with exploration and discovery. The art made made as the result...
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homage to Lao Tzu

April 16, 2013 - Bring the mind home. Back to its primordial state. Where it once experienced life in its constant unfolding. Moment by m...
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reflection on death as the mirror to life....

April 05, 2013 - a piece created for an upcoming group show at Gauntlet Gallery in San Francisco where the theme is "visions and reflecti...
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spiritual headpiece...

April 01, 2013 - This piece was created for an upcoming group show at ModernEden Gallery in April. The reception is April 13th, and more...
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apprecation of life reflection/expression...

March 24, 2013 - Imagined figure with reflection on appreciating life for the miracle that it is... enjoy. 'with these eyes do I see the...
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drawing from life...

March 23, 2013 - Though I don't do it often, in regards to art my favorite practice these days is drawing my elder students from life. Th...
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flesh and spirit...

March 21, 2013 - For an upcoming show with Spoke Art Gallery based in SanFrancisco/Oakland, though the show will be in NY. The theme is f...
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imagining Greg....

March 19, 2013 - One of my practices with art is to discover how I can use it as a form of giving to the world. I will explain why so in...
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imagined headpiece with reflection....

March 18, 2013 - Much of the recent work that I have been posting, on the blog/website, Facebook is for an upcoming solo show in June at...
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art as a guide to living...

March 16, 2013 - Some practicioners of 'art' draw a line between the lives they live, and the art they create. Others don't. In regards t...
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homage to Sogyal Rinpoche

March 12, 2013 - "Perhaps the deepest reason why we are afraid of death is because we do not know who we are. We believe in a personal, u...
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homage to friendship

March 10, 2013 - Paying heed to friendship. Being social animals as a quality of our nature as stated by Aristotle, we go thru life accum...
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eternal....

March 08, 2013 - This piece was created for an upcoming show related to Tarot Cards where each artist was to choose a card and create som...
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homage to Thich Naht Hanh

March 02, 2013 - Liberation and enlightenment do not exist outside of your own self. We need only open our eyes to see that we ourselves...
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filial piety

February 25, 2013 - A short story of one. I was surprised to come to my Art With Elders Class today and be joined by Mr. X. I am always mild...
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thank you artists...

February 15, 2013 - Thank you artists.. for adding to the world. For creating and re-creating worlds. For making this place colorful. Thank...
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the duality of idea and reality

February 09, 2013 - The following is a sketch from time spent with Alex, a student in my art with elders class. He is tough to capture, for...
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taking the leap

February 07, 2013 - the beauty of self reflection. For so long I was terrified to look back on my life deeply, not reflecting on missed wond...
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surrealism

February 01, 2013 - A shared story of presentness. Over this past weekend, I was honored to participate in the Red Bull Curates San Francisc...
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developing the language...

January 29, 2013 - I have always been a sensitive person that internalizes constant experience as far as I can remember developing first si...
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the self...

January 28, 2013 - In the process of working on my first book, a collection of artworks expressing a concept that began in 2002, I took sev...
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homage to my brother from another, Christopher Jernberg

January 24, 2013 - Deep in recent reflections of gratitude in past/present/future relationships is Christopher Jernberg. He is like family.
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the paradox of pain

January 24, 2013 - Listening to Lao Tzu's the Tao Te Ching, I have been inspired in various reflections. One of those is truth and it's par...
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imagined Helen bust... homage to my closest friend

January 23, 2013 - There is a place…. There is a place, for you. Like the night sky above filled with stars, yours is the nebula that expl...
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mediation in drawing

January 23, 2013 - meditation. Having gone on vacation, some do so to get away from it all. Party, let loose, relax. I did all this recentl...
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reflecting on friendship

January 22, 2013 - For 2 weeks, my friend Audi and I drove from SanFrancisco south crossing the U.S./Mexican border into Baja. We camped on...
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imagining buddha...

December 06, 2012 - This week I set the goal to have compassion for myself. This has led to intense mindfulness in all situations that occur...
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ego and awareness

November 24, 2012 - This piece is inspired by reflections on form and formlessness, similar to the piece created prior. However, more focuse...
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form, formless

November 16, 2012 - Recently I have been reflecting on form and formlessness. This thought is the result of what I am experiencing in my lif...
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homage to Marcus Aurelius

November 12, 2012 - I love the meditations of Marcus Aurelius. If you are interested yourself, like all else, simply google the name. I have...
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an expression of gratitude, acknowledgment, respect.

November 05, 2012 - This is dedicated to Helen Bayly, my ex-lover who I had the fortune to share the past 5 years of my life with. And to my...
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mother goddess

October 29, 2012 - This is a piece created in homage to my mother, as well as woman and the goddess archetype... all expressed as one. This...
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life/death...

October 26, 2012 - This piece is a homage to my grandparents, all four of them who have passed away by this point. The painting is of my gr...
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acceptance/denial... homage to Edgar Allan Poe's the Raven

October 24, 2012 - Accepting indefinite change is a freeing experience that leads to transformation and is in accordance with the laws of n...
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love/loss

October 21, 2012 - It hurts, but yield to the pain… process it and know that it is an operation of nature. So you loved, and now you mourn...
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expressing the human experience via the human head

September 28, 2012 - Earlier in spring of this year, my partner expressed her annoyance with me while watching a movie. I had been verbally a...
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chalk art...

September 27, 2012 - As a college teacher of artistic anatomy, I began using the chalkboard as the medium to visually demonstrate lectures on...
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yupo demo

September 21, 2012 - Yupo paper…. I was introduced to Yupo paper around the end of last year, 2011. A friend of mine had been working with it...
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self continued

August 02, 2012 - In art school, there came a point (i don't know when) when I felt limited in my ability to express myself visually. I've...
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